Hyattsville’s Diverse Houses of Worship

Photo of West Hyattsville Baptist Church by Flickr user Elvert Barnes http://bit.ly/1bAbYJZ

Photo of West Hyattsville Baptist Church by Flickr user Elvert Barnes http://bit.ly/1bAbYJZ

For a small town, Hyattsville has a diverse array of houses of worship.

Despite having a population of around 18,000 people, the city has churches representing a number of major Christian denominations, a synagogue and a Mormon ward, the larger of two types of weekly meeting places for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The churches represent most of the major sects of Christianity frequented by blacks, whites and Hispanics. Here’s just a sampling:

Two Catholic churches: St. Jerome and St. Mark the EvangelistFirst United Methodist Church of HyattsvilleEbenezer Methodist Church (Ghana Conference). St. Matthews/San Mateo Episcopal ChurchHyattsville Seventh-day Adventist ChurchWest Hyattsville Baptist ChurchUniversity Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Redeemer Lutheran ChurchHyattsville Mennonite Church. The nondenominational Crossover Church also has two locations.

In addition, nearby Mount Rainier has an Islamic center and there’s a Hindu temple up Riggs Road past the Beltway, although the closest Buddhist temple is in Silver Spring.

One reason for this religious diversity may be because Hyattsville is already so diverse and growing more so, with 33 percent identifying as white, 36 percent as black and 34 percent as Hispanic in the 2010 Census. Another is the city’s unusually high percentage of immigrants—39 percent of residents were born in another country, three times the national average.

The influence of the University of Maryland is probably also a factor, as colleges tend to draw people from different backgrounds and also are a popular place for religious outreach.

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2 Responses to Hyattsville’s Diverse Houses of Worship

  1. stuart eisenberg says:

    Ryan,

    To further bolster your thesis, Ryan: there are actually nineteen active churches just within the City of Hyattsville that we have contact with: eight more than you’ve listed, and nine other houses of worship that have closed or moved from town over the past six years. The relative affordability of real estate in the area has had some influence over the location of churches in the area as well.

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